For we walk by faith, not by sight: – 2 Corinthians 5:7
I read a devotional last year at this very same time. 2 Corinthians 5:7 was the focus verse. The Holy Spirit took me on an intense three-day journey that shed light on what it means to “walk by faith.’ A year later, I can tell you that light is still being shed, almost daily, on what it means to walk by faith.
Here is what the Holy Spirit taught me by simply investigating the Greek definitions of the words in the verse.
WE (We do it together. “We” includes God, Tammy and whoever I am walking with through the journey of life. I used to think it was me against the world. I thought I could do life and everything all by myself. I need “we.”)
WALK (peripateo) make your way, progress, make due use of opportunities, be occupied, live, conduct one’s life, follow as a companion, tread all around
Peripateo is a compound of word of peri and pateo.
Further definition of peri:
We walk through, all over, about, concerning, all around, beyond, completely.
Further definition of pateo: We tread, tread under foot, trample, crush with feet, advance by setting foot upon foot upon foot and tread upon tread. To encounter successfully the greatest perils from the machinations and persecutions with which Satan would happily try to thwart the preaching of the gospel; to treat with insult and contempt.
Pateo is probably from a derivative of paio: We strike, smite, to sting, to hit with a single blow.
So, we walk, crush it or hit “it” with a single blow, and encounter successfully Satan’s plans against us…
BY (dia) preposition denoting the channel of act: through time, through place, through means.
FAITH (pistis) belief, conviction that God exists and was, is, and will alwaybs be, creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of salvation through Christ who is the Messiah who was born of a virgin, died and rose again.
Simply, faith is believing that God is who He says He is and will do all that His Word says He will do.
NOT (ou) no, not, no never ever, we cannot, God forbid
BY SIGHT (eidos) external outward appearance, form, figure, shape, see, perceive.
What we perceive may not be the truth. The Truth is God’s Word and what it says.
The world may perceive that you are in a dead in situation (body, life, work, marriage, children). The Word says in John 10:10 that “the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy (my body, my life, my work, my marriage, my kids): I (Jesus) am come that they might have life (body, work, marriage, kids) and they might have it more abundantly. The word of God is always going to be in opposition to anything that the devil might feed to your thoughts. The word devil by Greek definition is diablos which means prone to slander, false accuser, slanderous, liar.
|God says:||devil says:|
|Healed||Sick & Diseased|
|Joy & Happiness||Sadness & Sorrow|
- You have a choice. And, it is your choice! Believe the devil and walk in fear or the best way, believe God. Walk in faith and not by sight! “Crush it, Girl!” is what this verse means to me.